PROGRAM: Randy Ross, associate VP for donor relations, gave a presentation about the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and its affiliate, the Community Foundation for Livingston County.
 
PROGRAM: Randy Ross, associate VP for donor relations, gave a presentation about the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan and its affiliate, the Community Foundation for Livingston County.
GUESTS: Michelle Brandt and Donna Craig’s daughter, Allison.
ANNOUNCEMENTS:
  • Adrenne Knack invited club to her firm’s open house on Thursday.
  • Bill Gartley said he is in need of skillets for the holiday party held for exchange students December 17-18.
  • Pam McConeghy invited all to the chamber’s Christmas open house Friday from 6-9.
  • Kim Leuger pointed out templates for Letters to Santa that are on the table. Each one that is filled out and returned to Kim is worth a dollar from Macy’s for Make-a-Wish Foundation.
  • Giving Tree bins are on the tables against the wall.
  • Stan Schafer says volunteers are needed for Gleaners Saturday.
  • Lori Lalama brought Raiders gear for those who ordered it, plus there are extras for Christmas gifts.
  • Brian Donovan said he, Piet Lindhout and Fred Arthur are working on a small Raiders project; next week some carpentry help would be helpful. Contact Brian or Piet.
  • Beth Walker says last two months of Kroger coupons brought in 31.80 for the club. See her for details on how to participate.
  • Mark Cook distributed newsletter from DESEA, the organization that provides life-saving water filters for remote villages in the Andes. Brighton Rotary is the organization’s longest-serving contributor.
  • Next week’s program will be devoted to Dash or Crash, which is May 20, 2017, at Mt. Brighton.
PROGRAM:
Randy Ross think the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and its affiliate, the Community Foundation for Livingston County, fall into the category of best kept secrets. And that’s a surprise, considering how successful the organization has been in raising money for worthy causes.
Ross is associate vice president for donor relations for Southeastern Michigan group, which also means that he provides professional assistance for the smaller Livingston County group. The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan covers 7 counties and was formed in 1984, somewhat late in the game for community foundations which begin in this country in Cleveland 100 years ago. Even so, the generosity of area residents has produced a foundation with assets of 750 million dollars, which makes it the 23rd largest of the nation’s 700 community foundations. Governed by a 60-member board, the Community Foundation for SE Michigan has had a successful investment record – averaging nearly 8 percent a year – which produces significant dollars annually for projects in southeast Michigan.
Meanwhile, in 1991, an affiliate community foundation was formed in Livingston County. It’s governed by a 10-person board including Brighton Rotarian Frank Mancuso and recently retired Rotarian Dan Danosky. Ross says the Livingston County organization gets the best of both worlds: the resources of a large foundation with the flexibility to meet local needs.
Since 1991, the Livingston Foundation has made 700,000 dollars in grants to local agencies and causes; established 19 different local funds; and built its endowment fund to more than one million dollars. Most grants are in the range of 5,000 to 25,000. Grants are awarded twice a year: Feb. 15 is the due date for June grants, Aug. 15 is the due date for December grants.
The grant process gives priority to applications that are sustainable, that have a regional (county) impact, that leverage resources and that promote collaboration.
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Julie Smith, Rich Perlberg and Ed Copp broke in a new deck, but left the Ace of Spades untouched.